Canberra’s Sage Dining Rooms named Australia’s best fine-dining restaurant

Michelle Rowe 18 August 2020 4
Sage's coco butter seared kangaroo

Sage’s coco butter seared kangaroo with roasted corn, roasted salsa and macadamia butter is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. Photo: Supplied.

Canberra’s Sage Dining Rooms and East Hotel feature among Australia’s top food and travel experiences in TripAdvisor’s newly released 2020 Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards.

Sage was named Australia’s best fine-dining restaurant, pipping at the post the likes of Shannon Bennett’s lauded Vue De Monde in Melbourne and NSW Blue Mountains favourite Silk’s Brasserie.

Kingston’s buzzing East Hotel, meanwhile, home to Joe’s Bar and the popular Agostinis Italian restaurant, took out 23rd spot among Australia’s top 25 hotels.

TripAdvisor determines its annual Best of the Best lists by collating the reviews, ratings and saves that travellers around the globe share across categories including destinations, beaches, hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences, emerging destinations and airlines.

Sage head chef Thomas Heinrich

Sage Dining Rooms head chef Thomas Heinrich. Photo: Supplied.

Sage Dining Rooms head chef Thomas Heinrich says the restaurant’s commitment to sourcing sustainable produce from local and national producers has contributed to its success, which also includes accolades from Australian Gourmet Traveller, Australian Good Food Guide, Qantas Magazine and the Savour Awards.

“Sage is also proud to have an exceptional line-up of excellent local wines,” Mr Heinrich said, adding that his top pick from the current Sage menu is tuna tartare with truffle and 64-degree egg, paired with a sparkling from the Mount Majura Vineyard.

“The wine lifts the beautifully clean flavours of the tuna while holding its own alongside local Canberra truffles from Jayson Mesman of The Truffle Farm.”

Sage Dining Rooms mushroom agnolotti

Mushroom agnolotti, shiitake broth and black pepper oil from Sage Dining Rooms. Photo: Supplied.

Other powerhouses in the Sage team include front of house Luke Marosszeky, formerly of Sydney’s award-winning Rockpool and Regatta restaurants. Sage is located in a tranquil garden setting within Braddon’s Gorman Arts Centre and has recently restarted its Friday and Saturday lunch service of two or three-course meals, plus a five-course chef selection, following COVID-19 restrictions.

“I’m incredibly proud of the amazing staff at all of our restaurants,” Sage co-owner Pete Harrington said. “Their commitment to providing the best hospitality experiences is second to none and receiving an award of this magnitude is an honour that acknowledges the care, hard work, passion and long hours put in.”


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4 Responses to Canberra’s Sage Dining Rooms named Australia’s best fine-dining restaurant
Kate Jennings Kate Jennings 7:47 am 21 Aug 20

😍😍 love sage!

rossau rossau 5:32 pm 20 Aug 20

Sage has long been a magnificent dining spot.
As its fame ascended, its serves shrank. Do any of the images remind you of a ‘meal’?

Capital Retro Capital Retro 4:45 pm 18 Aug 20

Does he do a mixed grill with three veges, with gravy?

bj_ACT bj_ACT 2:18 pm 18 Aug 20

The head chef who won the award has just setup his own mini pop up restaurant in an abandoned shopping centre in Wanniassa.

I’m moving back to Tuggeranong. If they’ll have me. Doubt.

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